The Official Film Chart | The UK Top Ten (1st February)
This week on The Official Film Chart, we become Prey For The Devil, and the chart sings again, but no one can stop Black Adam from claiming a second week at the top!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER IS NOW AVAILABLE ON DISNEY+!
The Oscar-nominated Marvel sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was a box office smash when it opened in cinemas at the tail end of last year. Despite having a huge Chadwick Boseman-shaped hole in the film, it is an emotional and engaging sequel that will thrill fans of the franchise (read our review here). It will be hitting home entertainment shortly for completionists but if you want to watch it before then, it is available to all subscribers of Disney+.
THE FIRST CHART FOR FEBRUARY
As we move into the second month of 2023, we discover that things have changed again slightly. Titles come and go as they please as usual. We have one new entry and one re-entry. And this week it is the turn of Bullet Train, and Downton Abbey: A New Era to leave us. But what is holding the top spot this week? Can the new DC anti-hero hold sway for another week? Has Halloween managed to come early at the chart summit? Has the king of rock and roll managed to shake his hips to retake number one? Let’s jump aboard the chart train and find out.
BLACK ADAM EARNS A SECOND WEEK AT THE TOP!
It isn’t too much of a surprise to discover that Dwayne Johnson and Black Adam remain the number one title for a second week (read our review here). The DC comic book movie holds the top spot thanks to 57% of its weekly sales coming by way of digital downloads. The film is a wonderfully enjoyable action movie that will enthrall the entire family. With support from Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate, and Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, the film has enough in its tank to keep the home audience coming back for more. And as for that mid-credits cameo…
THE BANSHEES WAIL UP THE CHART!
Climbing two places to take hold of second place is the tragicomedy The Banshees Of Inisherin. The film has been roundly praised by critics and audiences alike and has led to numerous awards and nominations. The film has many Oscar nominations ahead of next month’s ceremony. Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, the film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two lifelong friends who find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.
MAVERICK HITS THE AFTERBURNERS!
And to think we counted him out! Tom Cruise engages the afterburners on his jet this week as the superb sequel Top Gun: Maverick flies up the chart to claim the third position (read our review here). The film, thirty-six years in coming, rises two places to once again get within range of the top of the chart. The movie is currently available on Paramount+ for all subscribers and will become available on Sky Movies from this Saturday. But it appears everyone has to own a copy of the film on one of the home entertainment formats. And I know that for sure, as I have it on digital, DVD, Blu-Ray, and special edition boxset!
ELVIS ROCKS DOWN A PLACE!
The former number one title, the musical biopic drama Elvis finds itself rocking down the chart this week (read our review here). The film, featuring a brilliant Oscar-nominated performance from Austin Butler as the king slips a place to rock out from number four. Despite some questionable early musical choices, the film is superb. Butler encomapasses Elvis like nobody has managed before. We see his triumphs, his despair, his anger, and his final fate throughout the almost three-hour-long movie. And the final scene is heartbreaking.
THE MENU DELIVERS ANOTHER TASTY WEEK!
The top five is rounded out by the black comedy/horror The Menu. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes as a celebrity chef with Hong Chau playing his assistant and Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Janet McTeer, Reed Birney, Judith Light, and John Leguizamo playing diners who attend his exclusive restaurant. Critics and audiences found the film to their tastes as it made $79 million against its budgt of $30 million.
THE DINOS ROAR BACK AGAIN!
The sixth position this week goes to the finale of the Jurassic saga, Jurassic World: Dominion. The film recently premiered on Sky Movies and has enjoyed a price cut on digital over the past few weeks (read our review here). Families and completionists have made the film a roaring success on home entertainment. Sadly though, the magic has faded from the franchise here, becoming a sad shadow of its former glorious self. The film still manages to rise two places.
MICHAEL MYERS GETS SLASHED!
Last week’s second-placed title tumbles five places to end the week in seventh place. The finale of the Blumhouse Halloween trilogy, Halloween Ends, finds its chart performance slashed after one week near the top of the chart (read our review here). And to be honest, I can’t say I’m surprised. The film is an insult to the franchise and as a huge Halloween film fan, It is a poor finale for Michael Myers.
LYLE THE CROCODILE SUFFERS ANOTHER CHART BITE!
The superb family movie, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile suffers another painful chart bite this week as it slips back a place to end the week in the eighth position (read our review here). The film is a delightful, wonderful tale that features snappy tunes and will keep the kids entertained for hours.
THE CHART STARTS TO PRAY!
Our only new entry into this week’s top ten enters the chart in ninth place. Demonic horror Prey For The Devil enters the Top 10 for the first time after climbing four places. In the film, a nun (Jacqueline Byers) believes she is answering a call to become an exorcist; as she battles to save the soul of a young girl, she discovers mysterious ties to her own past. Despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, the film was still considered a minor success.
SING 2 STARTS CROONING AGAIN!
And finally, the animated family sequel Sing 2 returns to the top ten once more. The film has been a huge success on home entertainment and is a former number one. It re-enters the chart by rising a place to take the tenth and final position.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS!
And that is that for another week. We can expect to see some more of last year’s late releases start to hit home entertainment in the coming weeks and months. And the selection that is on the horizon will keep the British public entertained over the spring months. But until next week…
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, be kind, look after each other, and happy viewing!
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Carl Roberts is the News Editor of The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!